Q: Just hoping to clarify whether the assessment/intervention we choose to focus on has to be directly related to the treatment/ diagnosis of conditions within a clinical context (e.g. between a psychologist and client) or whether we can focus on psychological assessment used primarily in research settings (i.e. tracking improvements/ effectiveness of interventions).
A: The essay should focus on a psychological assessment(s) and/or intervention(s) - i.e. should be used or delivered by a psychologist in psychological practice.
Q: My essay topic is focusing on using Virtual Reality as a platform to deliver assessments and interventions for ADHD. I will be discussing the use of VR to deliver training such as cognitive training for working memory and also the use of VR to screen for ADHD in assessments as well. I am also comparing the use of VR as a platform for these assessments/interventions against the traditional delivery of these in a normal psych office setting or home/school. Is this enough to satisfy the requirements of a common intervention/assessment?
A: While VR does not appear to be a commonly used approach currently used by psychologists, I can see that your essay will compare the use of VR and traditional approaches in the delivery of assessments and interventions for individuals diagnosed with ADHD. This meets the requirements of the essay.
Q: I was hoping to discuss the effectiveness of bright light therapy in treating seasonal depression, but I am unsure if this is not appropriate since the light therapy is often administrated by the patient themselves as opposed to psychologist administration. However, it is a psychologist who prescribes this treatment, so it seems like a grey area!
A: The essay requires that you focus on a psychological intervention – i.e. an intervention that is commonly used or delivered by a psychologist. You might like to consider comparing this intervention with another more 'complete' psychological intervention such as CBT.
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